Thursday, August 4, 2011

Antara Review


Peace and tranquility on the island of Aster, home to both humans and merfolk’, has long been broken by a devastating phenomenon, recurring every five years. A storm including gusting winds and huge waves mysteriously appeared and eradicated much of the population. The misunderstandings, suspicion and hate born of this disaster have torn the two races apart, and the peace loving merfolk are now in a never-ending struggle to prove their innocence and restore peace to the island. On the human side, things are even worse; under the tyranny of cruel king Orestis, the people suffer and all their king cares for is vengeance against the “fish”, as he spitefully calls them, executing merfolk after merfolk for just being near his lands. Secrets, intense emotions and strange phenomena will upset their lives forever.

What I Liked
High Fantasy World
I was completely drawn into the beauty that is this world. The mermaids are peaceful and gentle creatures that live on both land and in the sea. They are beautiful loving and caring to no end. The beauty that Marilena creates with both the words and the pictures are breath taking and touching. I would love to be a part of this world she has created.
Asteria Queen of the Merfolk (mermaid): A very gentle, kind, sweet and loving ruler of her people. She is willing to risk her life to save her people and the humans that hate merfolk. I love her passion and her desire to not let others walk over her, no matter who she maybe pretending to be.
King Orestis (human): A corrupted ruler that has a good side. I love his type, the bad boy that isn't truly all that bad, he just needs the right woman to show him the light.
I love art, I especially love art when it is fantasy based. These pictures are amazing, even better than I could have imagined. I am loving it when writers are creating their own art to put into the books, it just make the experience of the book even better.

Not My Favorite Part
I wasn't completely in love with the Epilogue. I liked the overall gist of it and I thought it was very cute and touching, but I was disappointed that our main characters didn't make an actually appearance in there. I can't exactly tell you what it is because I don't want to spoil it. But I guess that is what book 2 is for, this isn't the end of the series and more is to come, thankfully.  
I Want
I really would like to get an actually copy of this book, but it is way out of my price range. I would love to see the pictures on the pages of the book. This is probably what I am the most saddened about the book, I want a physical copy and I want it on my shelf it deserves shelf space, but an eBook will do. Maybe one day.

Fantasy, mermaids, romance and YA genre lovers must read this book and people who love art work really should read it. Antara is so beautiful.


You should go check out some of the Concept Art for the book over on her website and make sure you watch the book trailer, so amazing!



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Kris (Words That Fly) said...

Oh I loved the video and the storyline. It seems really interesting.

Char said...

This looks really good! I'm definitely going to go look it up.

Kristin said...

The art work is gorgeous. I like your review. I will have to add this book to my list. It sounds like something that I would like.